Saturday, February 22, 2014

I've Got the Horse Right Here.....

Just in time for GW's birthday, I finished this  Paul Revere piece.  I was singing the whole time I was stitching..

I've got the horse right here, his name is Paul Revere, and here's a guy that says that if the weathers' clear, can do...can do...this guy says the horse can do. If he says the horse can do...can do...can do.

For those that don't recognize the lyric, it's from the most wonderful show, Guys and Dolls. 
You can watch the opening number to the show to see it performed if you care to on this You Tube Video.

The design is from the July/August 2012 issue of JCS.  I remember thinking it was interesting when I first saw it, but I recently saw a finish of this on Hildi's Good Life.
It made made me want to stitch it immediately.

Mine is stitched on 28 ct Cashel linen in Summer Khaki I think.  I love the little petit point/over-one stitching for Paul.  The grass is in long-leg cross stitch and gives a nice textured effect.  Just a fun little design.

I finished it up as a pouch to hold my small quilting ruler for want of knowing what else to do with it.  My cutting, sewing and centering are shown up for all their wonkiness here, but the ruler fits quite nicely inside.    


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Slouchy Beehive Hat

I've been mulling over slouchy hat patterns for a long time.  It's so hard to predict what will fit, feel right and look ok.   I finally settled on the Slouchy Beehive Hat pattern I discovered on Ravelry.   Just had to wait for a break in the weather so I could get some yarn.  At long last,  I finally made a hat that basically fits.  It's a touch big, but it's supposed to be.  And I hate the vise-like grip my previous hats held on my head so I don't mind a loose fit. Started on Super-Bowl Sunday following a quick afternoon excursion to the new Joann's.  Finished on Wednesday evening.  And not much time spent on Tuesday evening at all.  I needed chunky/bulky yarn and there wasn't a big selection, but this Wool-ease chunky in Willow turned out to be a good choice.

Not much sun, so the photos aren't so great.  And I'm pretty weak in the selfie skills.  But I think you'll get the idea.  I have to go out in the cold tomorrow morning, so I'll debut it then.

A tribute to "Blurred Lines".  I'm not much for showing my face on the interwebs.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Birthday, Valentine, July Quilt Square

I guess we are all kind of mad at the ground hog this year, but  I stitched him up anyway from the Prairie Schooler "Winter Wind" leaflet #133.   Thought he would make a good companion birthday card to the February design I stitched for my brother and showed in the previous post.  Not particularly birthday-themed, but it says "Happy Birthday" inside, and the little guy was too cute not to forgive him for his prediction.  Writing this as I sit on the rain/ice line for this evening's predicted storm. 

Valentine's day is sure coming around quickly this year.  I stitched up this little "Snow Fun" piece from The Floss Box for the occasion.  Probably not meant to be a Valentine design, but that little heart in the hand of the snowman did the trick for me.

Both pieces were stitched on 18 ct hand-dyed Aida from Sassy's Fabbys.  I seem to have a ton of this and it's great for little cards.

Also finished a quilt square for a WOCS quilt, "Months of the Year".  This quilt filled up quickly with stitcher sign-ups, and July was one of the few months left.  Anyone remember this Country House SAL from 2007,  by Maryse?  The charts have mostly been sitting in a freebie folder on my computer waiting for the right occasion.  Doesn't that chaise lounge look inviting right about now?  Only trick part was figuring out how to do a lower case "y" that didn't go below the line.  Since this was a French pattern, and the original text was "Juillet", there was no need to leave space.  I think mine works ok.   This is stitched on 25-ct bone Lugana over two... a totally relaxing stitch.  And it just now occurs to me that I haven't stiched my name and state on this piece.  Blogging is so helpful for jogging the memory!